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U.S. House approves NDAA for FY 2022 that includes provision on PFAS

  • December 10, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
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Okinawa Times front-paged a report from Washington saying that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual legislation that sets the policy agenda and funding for the Department of Defense. The legislation includes provisions for rules on the disposal of foam fire extinguisher containing PFAS. The paper wrote that the provisions request the department to suspend the use of incineration to dispose of PFAS waste until the Environmental Protection Agency announces its rules on incineration of foam fire extinguisher. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate soon and then signed into law by President Biden. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D – RI) reportedly told the paper on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. military will respect the provisions to protect the health of its service members and their families regardless of where they are stationed. The paper interpreted this remark to mean that the senator believes the provisions apply to U.S. military facilities overseas, including those in Okinawa, in principle.

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